Air traffic controllers receiving money

Air traffic controllers who went on strike two months ago to protest poor conditions, staffing shortages, and outstanding pay, have started getting some of their money.

While he could not provide a figure, Acting Assistant General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Dwaine Paul told Barbados TODAY that the money received so far covered acting allowances and salaries.

Dwaine Paul
Dwaine Paul

Paul said the remainder of the compensation was still being worked out with the Ministry of International Transport.

“At present we are working with ministry officials to look at issues relating to compensation and staffing. Especially with staffing, we should, by the beginning of next month, . . . begin training of new controllers,” he said in an interview this afternoon.

Even though the exact numbers were still to be finalized, the union official said about 10 people were expected to be in that first batch of trainees.

When the air traffic controllers at the Grantley Adams International Airport walked off the job last November, they were demanding better working conditions, including improvements to the air conditioning.

Paul reported today that work still has to be done inside the control tower but there has been significant improvement.

“For now, they are still doing some work in terms of getting the required [sun] shades set up and installed. So we still have some stuff there to do,” he said.


2 Responses to Air traffic controllers receiving money

  1. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small January 6, 2015 at 8:18 am

    You have to strike to get payed in Barbados

  2. Tony Waterman January 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    @Anthony Small!!!! Come on ??? I knoe that there is a lot wrong or done wrong in Barbados but this (Strike) is not one of them, and as far as i can remember the main focus of that strike was NOT Pay it was about the Horrrible Working conditions in the Tower at GAIA. including overwork due to Staff Shortages.
    Here in my present Jurisdiction, the Ontario Teachers UNION up until recently ha had a running Battle with the Government and have had strikes and worK to Rule campains, there was just a strike in British Columbia that had the Schools Closed for part of the last Semester.
    so the Unions in Barbados are just doing what Unions do like all their Brother ans Sister Unions all over the World.
    AND YES THEY DO GO OUT ON STRIKE FOR PAY ALL OVER THE WORLD. thought you would have known that, there is no surprise about that method of getting ahead Union Style.
    What we want in Barbados a Leader Like The Late Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Regan, But Freundel aint doing Nothing.


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